Ring in the New Year by Making Small Changes

By Staci O’Connor MS, RD, CLC, CDN

If you didn’t make your New Year’s resolution yet, it’s not too late. Keep in mind, don’t try to repair your entire diet in just one day, instead try to make small changes that will help you reach your end goal such as:

  1. Adding a piece of produce to your lunch on a daily basis.
  2. Designating a day as fish day.  Keeping in mind omega-3 rich fish include:  salmon, swordfish (limit due to mercury), trout, sardines, canned tuna (choose chunk light over albacore for less mercury), arctic char, oysters, and mackerel.
  3. Drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning.
  4. Trying to drink one more glass of water today than you drank yesterday.
  5. Trying to stick with water or other calorie-free beverages like flavored seltzer.
  6. Focusing on whole-grain foods.
  7. Picking up a new fruit or vegetable the next time you go to the grocery store.
  8. Snacking smart by adding in an extra serving of fruit or vegetables.
  9. Trying to add in more beans into your diet. Serve beans instead of other side dishes like pasta, rice or potatoes, or consider replacing the croutons in your salad with beans.
  10. Tackling mindless eating by chewing gum, flossing and brushing your teeth or by keeping your hands busy by reading a magazine or flipping through a magazine.